Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Merry Christmas

Dear Drapers

You have fought bravely for about three months. In that time you have faced goblins, trolls, sorcerers, monsters and even a Watcher-turned-evil.
You also fought alongside some of the biggest names of our faith (hint: flaming sword, donkey jawbone).

Point being: Now is a good time to take a break. Recover your strength.

Just remember: The real Battle is still ongoing. Be on your guard. The enemy does not sleep. During this Advent, keep your eyes firmly on Jesus, and God's epic rescue mission. 
Don't get too caught up with the commercialized emptiness that most people seem to think Christmas is all about.

Scriptural Readings:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays => One of the Psalms (begin at Psalm 1)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays => One chapter from Proverbs (begin at Proverbs 1).

Pray your 10 minutes (minimum).

Righteousness: Especially focus on acts of charity.

FIND A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR READING AND PRAYING!

I will email you a simple record-keeping template if you want to use that.
If you can keep up your prayers and readings you might be able to earn something very useful upon your return to the Vertex.

Merry Christmas, young warriors-in-Christ.
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Prep for Game 13

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapter 9-11(although the 2nd half on chapter 11 is more of a test of your Grit!) of Genesis into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Why We Say Momento Mori


QUESTION: Well, what does 'momento mori' mean? Why did early Christians use this term?

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  Going to Mass: If you received the Eucharist during Mass you have your soul fully restored. If you are prevented from receiving the Eucharist because of a mortal sin, well, then... get off your behind and go to confession!

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

The Church does not impose. The Church proposes. (we don't force our beliefs on others, but present it to them. God's Holy Spirit and that person's individual will should do the rest.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

PREP FOR GAME 12

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapter 6-8 of Genesis into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on What Does It Mean To Be Blessed?



QUESTION: You heard the father! What does it mean to be blessed?

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  Going to Mass: If you received the Eucharist during Mass you have your soul fully restored. If you are prevented from receiving the Eucharist because of a mortal sin, well, then... get off your behind and go to confession!

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

The Church does not impose. The Church proposes. (we don't force our beliefs on others, but present it to them. God's Holy Spirit and that person's individual will should do the rest.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

PREP for GAME 11

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->) 

NEW: Try to use your FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT this week! Next week, report at least one instance of you using your fruit of the Spirit, in order to activate it in the game.

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapter 3-5 of Genesis into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on The Heart of Sin




QUESTION: What is sin at its core?

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

"By your Gift, the Holy Ghost, we are set aflame and borne aloft, and the fire within us carries us upwards. Our hearts are set  on an upward journey, as we sing the song of ascents." St. Augustine's Confessions

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

PREP FOR GAME 10

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->) 

NEW: Try to use your FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT this week! Next week, report at least one instance of you using your fruit of the Spirit, in order to activate it in the game.

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 28 of Matthew, and Genesis 1 and 2, into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on All Saints Day Pep Talk



Question: What can the saints do for us? And, can you act in a similar way in this life for others?

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

"By your Gift, the Holy Ghost, we are set aflame and borne aloft, and the fire within us carries us upwards. Our hearts are set  on an upward journey, as we sing the song of ascents." St. Augustine's Confessions

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PREP FOR GAME 9

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->) 

ALSO: Check out the NEW FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT document. You get to pick one those abilities/objects to add to your GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. Your level will be: 1, your Throw will be 11. 

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 25-27 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on The Power of Prayer


 

Here is the simulator question: Someone you know turns to you and says: "Why do you pray? If God exists, how does you praying get Him to do anything? Why would He want you to pray?"

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

"By your Gift, the Holy Ghost, we are set aflame and borne aloft, and the fire within us carries us upwards. Our hearts are set  on an upward journey, as we sing the song of ascents." St. Augustine's Confessions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Prep for Game 8

Remember to check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->) 

ALSO: Check out the NEW FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT document. You get to pick one those abilities/objects to add to your GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. Your level will be: 1, your Throw will be 11. 

ALSO x 2: CONGRATULATIONS WITH YOUR PROMOTION TO SQUIRE 1st CLASS!!!!

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 22-24 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Is it OK to Judge Someone?
Here is the simulator question: Someone you know turns to you and says: "Hey, I thought Christians are supposed to love everyone. So you are not allowed to judge, anyone, right? About anything, right?"

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

"By your Gift, the Holy Ghost, we are set aflame and borne aloft, and the fire within us carries us upwards. Our hearts are set  on an upward journey, as we sing the song of ascents." St. Augustine's Confessions

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Prep for Game 7

Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->) 

ALSO: Check out the NEW FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT document. You get to pick one those abilities/objects to add to your GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. Your level will be: 1, your Throw will be 11.

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 19-21 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on What is hope and why do you need it?




This is a tough one. Try to explain for me what the Christian version of Hope is.


4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.


"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." G.K. Chesterton.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Prep for Game 6 (Halloween Edition)

Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 16-18 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Why To Confess My Sins To A Priest?







Can only priests help you receive forgiveness for your sins?
Where does catholic priests get the authority to forgive other people's their sins?
Finish this sentence: "Confession is a place of _____________"

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Brave Heart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

8.) IT WILL BE HALLOWEEN! WE PLAY IN COSTUME! (Fun fact: whenever I do a confession, it's like Halloween... with real monsters.)




Leon Bloy: "There is only one real sadness in life: not to be a saint."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Prep for Game 5


Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 13-15 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Motivation To Go To Mass.

 


What is the main point that Fr. Mike is making in this video?
What is the point of Mass?
What is worship? Why should we worship God?


4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.




As Patrick Coffin says: "Be a saint. What else is there?"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Prep for Game 4


NEW!!!!! Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)
1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 10-12 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Why Be Catholic And Not Just Christian?

 



What is the main point that Fr. Mike is making in this video?
Name one example of something ALL Christians believe, that was established on the authority of the Catholic Church, and not explicitly stated or explained in the Bible.

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.




As Patrick Coffin says: "Be a saint. What else is there?"

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Prep for GAME 3


 NEW!!!!! Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 7-9 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on What Constitutes A Practicing Catholic?


You will try to answer this question as comprehensively as possible. (This is kinda basic stuff for all Catholics to know, eh? Yet probably less than 10% of Catholic adults would be able to do it well!)

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.




Other than that, KEEP THE FAITH! The same God who created the very air you are breathing and the stars also called you to become a saint. Let's aim high.

All-the-way-to-Heaven-high.



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Prepare for Game 2

Right! Somehow you survived your first game. Now to get ready for the 2nd one...

(But first! Did you miss some of the action? Watch the quick recap video - under Main Links --->)

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break chapters 4-6 of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read them before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer
Remember to rate how focused you were during prayer. If it was good, it counts as a full 1, if it was so-so, give yourself a half, and if you were not focused at all, a 0.

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Ways to Read the Bible.





Be able to explain the different 'seasons' of reading your Bible. You don't have to go into great detail, but at what stage do you think you are at? (It could be more than one stage at a time).

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  For latecomers: look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.

7.) Get some cool battle music to listen to (in the background) for next time. Movie soundtracks like Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, Inception etc. work really well.

8.) NEW!!!!! Check out this video on how to SET-UP YOUR PROFILE SHEET BEFORE THE GAME EVEN BEGINS! (you can always find this video in the INFORMATION PAGE at MAIN LINKS------->)


Other than that, KEEP THE FAITH! The same God who created the very air you are breathing and the stars also called you to become a saint. Let's aim high.

All-the-way-to-Heaven-high.













Saturday, September 22, 2018

First Game: Are you ready?

Prepare to play Saint's Quest

1.) Scriptural Readings: Break the first three chapters of Matthew into halves. Read one half per day. You must aim to have read Matthew 1-3 before we play on Wednesday.

2.) Prayer: Keep a log of your prayer life. At least 10 minutes of prayer a day. This can include:

- Normal 'talking to God' prayer.
- The Rosary
- The Jesus Prayer

3.) The Simulator Question: Watch Father Mike's video on Prayer.




Be able to explain it on Wednesday. Just the main points. You don't have to go into great detail.

4.) Keep notes on Righteousness. How well did you follow through on your faith during the week?
What was main victories. Defeats?

5.)  Look at the GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT sheet. Pick the one you think you most likely have received from the Holy Spirit.

6.) Have profile sheet, dice (two six-sided dice), pencil and eraser ready.